Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
The first book I really love that needs to get more attention is MR. SCOOTLES. Written and drawn by Howie Noeldechen, Mr. Scootles is unique work of art. The story goes like this: Mr. Scootles was a successful cartoon creation from the 1930s who got trapped in Hell due to his creator's suicide. In Hell, he finds out that one of his films is a gateway between Earth and Hell. When two college students find the film and open the canister, they unknowing open the gateway. From there things really get crazy as control over the gateway pulls in agents of Hell and Heaven as well as a nutty/evil College Professor (didn't we all have one of those?). And poor Mr. Scootles is left to fend for himself and try to make his way out of Hell.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
When I was writing SENTINELS Book 1: Footsteps, I put in a line where Gospel tells Harlette that her and Sin's fate are intertwined. It wasn't my original idea to pair them up, but I liked it and as it developed it seemed to work. It also helped to add to Sin's change and gave him more of a personality then just "I have to find my sister.".
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Overall, it wasn't too bad. I didn't sell hardly as many books as I usually do, but I covered costs and then some. It wasn't really the con for my stuff, so I think I ended up pretty lucky selling anything at all.
I have to say, Anime fans are by far the most diehard fans I've ever seen. I mean they are totally hardcore when it comes to their conventions. I've never seen so many costumed people in my life! And don't even ask me about Cosplay. I never even heard of that before! Also, they REALLY like their free stuff. It was almost as if they came to the convention solely to dress up and get free stuff.
I went to the convention with NEVERMINDS artist, Jamie Fay. He did a few commissions there but no where near as many as he usually does. In the free time he had, Jamie did some sketches of the 3rd Gen SENTINELS. You can see Julia (Harlette and Sin's daughter) along with this post. Pretty cool, huh?
I met some other self-publishers and hope to spotlight some of their work on here. That's always one of my favorite parts of conventions, finding new work that I can share.
Wendy Pini, co-creator and artist of Elfquest, made a surprise appearance at the con. I thought I saw her Saturday night as I left, then thought I must have been mistaken because there was no advertising for her. So, Sunday I went and asked. It turned out that she was there Friday and Saturday only. :( Wish i had known. She's really a great artist and one of the first self-publishing success stories.
Next convention for me is Megacon in Florida! Can't wait to be back among my own con people! lol
Saturday, December 8, 2007
While I knew him, Ryan also started his second comic called PHILLY and asked to use some of the SENTINELS characters in it. I, of course, agreed and he choose to use Templar and Serpenta. I loved the way he wrote them and when it came time to do the SENTINELS Anthology, I knew I wanted Ryan involved.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
As soon as I decided she'd be a member of SENTINELS, I worked out Serpenta's personality and it just seemed to click. Sweet, innocent and happy, Serpenta became the heart of the team to me in many ways. She pretty much stayed that way through the entire book. Sure, her arc had conflict with the triplets and deciding to be a mother, but she never lost her upbeat outlook on life. Right up until the end when she said her goodbye with a smile on her face. I still love that last panel of her that Luciano did so well. It was almost as if she was saying farewell to readers too.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
If anything, I learned a lot and gave them a ton of information that I know they will be able to use if they choose to self-publish. Who knows, maybe one day one of them will be at a table next to me at a convention? I look forward to seeing that.
Above is an image of Templar, from SENTINELS Book 2: Masks, that Luciano had turned into wallpaper. I always meant to have him post it on the site, but forgot to ask him. I have it as wallpaper on my computer.
Tomorrow, I'll start back up with the SENTINELS Anthology spotlights. There are still 3 other solo stories in the Anthology, so there's still some good art to show.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
In addition to the Anthology, I'm also working on NEVERMINDS with Jamie Fay. We hope to have stuff for the NYC Comic Con In April. It's changed a bit since we first started but that's part of the charm of creating. Things grow and evolve. I think we've come up with some unique stuff though! :)
I'm also honored to be involved in a few other projects for other publishers that I can't mention yet. More on that later!
It's a busy time for me, but I'm having a blast on it all. Wednesday, I'll post on how the Annex class went. Wish me luck!!!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Working with Charles was a pleasure. He kept in contact with me throughout the entire process and let me know how the pages were going. Most artists aren't as professional and you sometimes have to bug them just to make sure things are okay. And even though he lives in Las Vegas, Sin City itself, he didn't get distracted. I can't say I would be able to do the same, lol. Vegas is my kryptonite!
I keep saying this about all the creators involved in the Anthology, but it's totally true, I see BIG things ahead for Charles. I feel fortunate to have worked with him. Currently, Charles is working on a few different projects, which can't be mentioned just yet! Check out his gallery at http://www.kidnotorious.deviantart.com/ to see more of his work and hear what his next projects are.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was introduced to Ms,Shatia through Jamie Fay (Firebomb and NEVERMINDS artist) and Deviant Art. Jamie had Ms,Shatia do a protrait of Alanis from our NEVERMINDS series and I was blown away. Then looking through her Deviant Art gallery, I knew I wanted to work with her. Before I even had Noel's story for Splash in, I contacted Ms,Shatia in hopes she would work on it. Okay, maybe I begged her, lol. See, Ms,Shatia is a busy artist and always seems to have a looooong list of commissions. To my delight, she agreed to work on the Anthology and the rest will soon be history.
Ms,Shatia's art reminds me of really beautiful anime. But that's only part of her style. Her characters seem to move in every panel and when she adds color they truly come alive. Her style is much more then any anime I've seen and I think everyone will agree.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I feel lucky to have Matias involved in the SENTINELS Anthology and feel his style is perfect for the story Todd Latoski wrote. With a real urban feel to it, I was immediately impressed with his use of shadow and color. I love the tone he set and his pacing on the story is excellent.
I got in contact with Matias through SENTINELS artist Luciano and Deviant Art. You’ll be hearing a lot about Deviant Art on this blog, because it’s a place I found many artists and think it's an excellent site for people to showcase their work.
Working with Matias was a true pleasure. He was professional, fast and dead-on in his portrayal of Electron. What more could I ask for? How about he’s also a really nice guy? In the comic industry, that’s a rarity, but with Matias it’s true. As the pages came in, I was more and more impressed each time. I was a little worried that Matias won't get everything into Electron's ten pages that needed to be there. See, Todd put a lot detail into the story and I really liked it the way it was, but wasn't sure it would all fit in. I didn't want any of it to be cut. Thankfully, Matias was able to work it all in and even said he had fun doing it and didn't feel pressured at all. (lol, talk to the other artists and I'm not sure what they'll say).
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
A professional colorist already, Nei graciously lends her talents to Philip and Jamie’s story adding a powerful element to an already excellent team.
Currently, Nei is the colorist on RETURN TO WONDERLAND and GRIMM’S FAIRYTALES published by Zenescope. Before that she was a tattoo artist for years and her designs can even be seen on the packaging for Hasbro’s My Little Pony. Really!
Nei comes to work on the SENTINELS Anthology through Jamie Fay and Deviant Art where she has colored many drawings by Jamie. Her work is very detailed and striking and I’m really happy that she’s involved in this story. Her colors are the perfect blend to Jamie’s line art. And you can just tell by checking out her sites at http://neiruffino.com/ or http://bakanekonei.deviantart.com/ that she's a true talent.
This year, Nei also had her first work published by Platnium Studios called INCURSION.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I first met Jamie at the Pittsburgh Comic Con. He was showing his portfolio and was walking by my table not intending to show me. When he stopped to look at the SENTINELS books, I asked to see the portfolio in his hand. I was glad I did. I really thought his work was great and saw the potential that is now beginning to shine. We exchanged e-mails and after chatting for over a year, we began to develop our series, NEVERMINDS.
Originally from Massillon, Ohio, Jamie began his art training by taking a lot of private classes while he was high school and then by attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Along the way Jamie became a major X-Men fan and developed a HUGE crush on Ms. Marvel. (Don't ask him to see his Halloween costume from last year!) Determined to become a professional comic artist, Jamie recently relocated to NYC and has been attending a lot of convention and doing many sketches as he develops a following.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
When I return from vacation I plan to start showing some previews and introduce the creators involved in the Anthology!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
As we started to develop NEVERMINDS, we both got a little distracted with other things and had to set it aside for a bit. Then earlier this year, Jamie moved to NYC and we've started getting NEVERMINDS back on track.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
We're also working on setting up something which will finally allow people to purchase T-shirts, mugs and such from Cafe Express. We're still in the process of deciding what art to offer. More on that soon.